I was supposed to go to Oman in the February half term to visit a friend who moved there last summer. When I looked at flights the prices were way too high - if I could have gone a day earlier and come back a day later they would have been just over half the price I was being quoted. So I went to France and Spain instead and starting learning to drive on the wrong side of the road.
On Saturday I was chatting to said friend over facebook and she mentioned that October has nice weather and asked why don't I consider going over in the October half term? A scan through various websites looking at flights and they all seemed too expensive. Damn school holidays. Why do they always have to be in the school holidays? In a last ditch attempt I looked at Emirates, fully expecting them to be the most expensive of all. Bargain! They had reasonably priced flights for the dates I was looking at. Of course I then assumed I'd got the dates wrong. A message on facebook asking for confirmation of our half term dates got me a couple of replies in under a minute! Satisfied I'd not confused the dates, and overjoyed at the efficiency of facebook, I went ahead and booked.
I have a 6 hour wait in Dubai airport on the way out, but I'm not too bothered about it. I've been told it's a great airport and one that it's easy to while away some time in. Although I've stayed practically next door to it before in the Dubai youth hostel, I've never actually been in the airport. It'll be quite late at night, so I won't bother working out plans to go out and do anything in Dubai, I'll just have a full-on airport experience. On my return the wait is less than an hour an a half.
Once I get to Oman I'll have a week to explore, relax and catch up with my old friends, Dawn and the sun.